I found this relative exciting, as I have always loved anything artsy, and beautiful.
I have always been on the tom boy side, so for me diamonds are not a girls best friend. Dogs & cats have always been my best friends. I do love Opals. I must say though, the company that continues to this day, does make beautiful brooches etc.
Charles Lewis Tiffany: Co-Founder of Tiffany & Co. February 15, 1812 – February 18, 1902)
WRITTEN BY: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica
Charles Lewis Tiffany, (born Feb. 15, 1812, Killingly, Conn., U.S.—died Feb. 18, 1902, New York, N.Y.), American jeweler who made a specialty of importing historic gems, jewelry, and art works.
Tiffany went to New York City in 1837 and with John B. Young opened a stationery and fancy-goods store, which soon expanded to offer jewelry and silverware as well. It became Tiffany, Young, & Ellis in 1841; in 1848 the firm began to manufacture jewelry, and in 1850 they opened a branch in Paris. Tiffany adopted the standards of English silver in 1851, thereby establishing the term “sterling” in the United States. In 1853 he obtained sole control of the firm, which was thereafter known as Tiffany & Co.
In 1858 Tiffany obtained a surplus section of the newly laid Atlantic Cable, which he cut into pieces and sold as souvenirs with great success. At the beginning of the American Civil War he turned most of his capital to the manufacture of swords, medals, and other war material. In 1868 the company was incorporated and branches were established in London and Geneva. In 1887 he bought some of the crown jewels of France. He was the father of the famed Art Nouveau designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, who succeeded him as the firm’s director.
According to Wikipedia,
Tiffany was born on February 15, 1812 in Killingly, Connecticut, the son of Chloe (Draper) and Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany was educated in a district school and in an academy in Plainfield, Connecticut. Starting at the age of 15, he helped manage a small general store started by his father, the owner of a cotton-manufacturing company. He later worked at the office of his father's mill. The Tiffany family descended from the immigrant Squire Humphrey Tiffany (England, 1630-Swansea, Massachusetts, 1685), who had lived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1660.
In 1837, with $1,000 borrowed from his father, Tiffany and a school friend, John B. Young, set up a small stationery and gift shop in New York City. Their first three days in business brought them only $4.38 in total sales, but two years later they were still in business, selling glassware, porcelain, cutlery, clocks and jewelry.
The store expanded in 1841 and changed its name to Tiffany, Young and Ellis. It established a reputation for selling only the finest goods and specialized in Bohemian glass and porcelain. It also began manufacturing its own jewelry. In the early 1850s, the company was reorganized under the name Tiffany and Company and opened branches in Paris (1850) and London (1868). The store also relocated uptown to a Fifth Avenue location in that decade.
Tiffany was terribly embarrassed in an 1872 diamond and gemstone hoax perpetrated by Philip Arnold that cost investors more than half a million dollars.
In cooperation with Thomas Edison, Tiffany created footlights and other methods of theater lighting. As a result of this, Broadway and other shows became more popular during that time.
The firm acquired and sold some of the French Crown Jewels in 1887, firmly establishing its reputation.
At Charles Tiffany's death in Yonkers, New York, on February 18, 1902, at age 90, his company was capitalized at more than $2 million and acknowledged as the most prominent jewelry company in North America.
On November 30, 1839, Tiffany married John B. Young's sister, Harriet Olivia Avery Young (1817–1897), with whom he had six children: Charles Lewis Tiffany Jr. (1842-1847), Annie Olivia Tiffany Mitchell (1844-1937; grandmother of Hiram Bingham IV through her daughter Alfreda Mitchell and she, at the same time, is the first wife of Hiram Bingham III, one of the first explorers to Machu Picchu, Peru), Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), Louise Harriet Tiffany (1856-1937), Henry Charles Tiffany (1858-1859) and Burnett Young Tiffany (1860-1945).
In addition to his business, Tiffany was a patron of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and one of the founders of the New York Society of Fine Arts.
Tiffany was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1878.
Look at his home!!
How is he related? Some of these names I keep seeing over and over. Interesting.
Family Relationship of
Wild Bill Hickok
Gunfighter and Lawman
4th cousin 2 times removed to
Charles Lewis Tiffany
Co-Founder of Tiffany & Co.
Nathaniel Whiting had a Son Nathaniel, and a Daughter Abigail. Abigail married Ebenezer Draper, and they had a Son Issac. He had a Daughter Chole, who married Comfort Tiffany. Their Son was Charles Lewis Tiffany.
Nathaniel had a Son Samuel. Samuel had a son Ephraim, who had a Daughter Susanna.
She married James Butler. James Daughter Polly Butler is James Butler Hickok's Mom, aka
Wild Bill Hickok.
Just in case you want to take a peek at the Brooches etc.